Candlekitty 2000 WSP

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
WhiskySponge (WSP)
Bottling serie
Edition No. 8
Stated Age
19 years old
Refill Hogsheads
Number of bottles
48.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
A Whiskysponge and Copper Monument collaboration
Added on
22 Jul 2020 12:10 pm by Vassago Clynelish

Average value

£ 240.00

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75 × member ratings

109 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Candlekitty 2000 WSP

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.21 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very oily and smells of the coast, plus a lot of green apples and citrus fruits, especially lime. Also otherwise very fruity, and slightly waxy, with forest honey. Soft, without stinging with very well integrated alcohol. There are other smells too, but today I find it difficult to name them. Tart and spicy oak is also clearly included. It smells very complex and delicious, but clearly of an idiosyncratic and unmistakable distillery.
    In the mouth it is still very soft, creamy, oily and without you noticing the alcohol. Very maritime, salty and still tart with oak and waxed spices. Feels very thick and the coast continues to dominate.
    The finish continues right away and leaves an oily and salty trace in the mouth. Light beeswax is added.


    N-90, T-90, F88 total of 89 points
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful candle kitten was selected here. The name says it all. According to my nose, the apple on the label should have been old and mushy =)
    • Nose
      88 88
      The name says it all - pure beeswax and forest honey, plus some vanilla and orange jelly, overripe apples, some mineral notes in between, pastry notes of shortbread
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very unexpectedly fruity start, great balance between tangy and creamy, mineral to salty, oranges and honey come back, light dryness, the alcohol strength suits him very well
    • Finish
      91 91
      An ostensibly mineral finish, citrus notes initially take over, then the mouth fills with the beeswax, which then remains creamy and nice in the mouth for a long time

  3. Roger Chaim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Intense nice nose of sweet apples, wax, honey, also peach and citrus fruits, unripe plums, blackberries, some cherries and raisins, saltiness present
    Soft, round and creamy palate of wax, honey, pepper, also fruit notes such as citrus fruits, apples and blackberries, again salty
    Long-lasting finish of wax, honey, raisins, peppery, citrus notes, apples and blackberries
    Great harmonious Clynelish with clear notes of wax, honey and apples

  4. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: White Wine

    It wasn't the first time I had it in a glass, without air + water I always asked myself what I liked the last time. In the nose already Clynelish, in the mouth + finish it turns up even further. I'm not a big salt connoisseur in whisky (and that's a good thing), there is definitely one here. Incidentally, the consistency over the years 1983 - 200x is remarkable. It's time to break into the older samples: smile: With a little luck, my second bottle will lose some sourdough over time in the glass and gain turpentine, which is still missing compared to 12558. I hold myself back to 91 points.
    • Nose
      Completely unventilated, almost unappetizing, a lot of sourdough, a little burnt horn, then quickly green, dry apples + apple peel full in the face (label hits the nail on the head). He's already got a tingling sensation in his nose, he also has a little vanilla with him, also some dry wood. Citrus peel. With more air: sunflower oil, greasy and greasy, pomade, sourdough in the background, tree sap, freshly pulled weeds. Soot from candles, more dry apples. With water: Part one with half of the sourdough, dry, but no more pricking or dry wood, more tree sap, more acidic, waxy, sooty. River water. Horse stable, silage. It gets really fresh after half an hour with a load of citrus fruits and green apples. One aroma is still missing, no soap, passion fruit? maybe, something exotic for sure.
    • Taste
      Dough, bread-like, then a lot of tree sap, heavy vegetable oil, sunflowers and rape, dandelion honey, freshly sawn wood, sour oak shavings. Then thicker, greasier, margarine and pomade, resin and old oak. Salt and anchovies. Soot from candles and now also beeswax. With water: more old oak, “greener”, more freshly weed weeds. Significantly salty, more anchovies, oysters, some seaweed. "More liquid".
    • Finish
      Long, beeswax, spray, seaweed, sourdough, then surprisingly also malt, darker thanks to good oak, has something of an old bottle flavor. Rapeseed honey, long and dry and fruity.

  5. SRB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Extremely mineral, lime, mussels, coast, hardly any alcohol on the nose, a slightly sweet malt note
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, beeswax, honey, kumquats, ripe green apple
    • Finish
      90 90
      Hotter than the% one would expect, pleasantly warm, minerally oily, then honey, sesame, black cumin

  6. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Reminds me a little of the 19 year old Clynelish SV WID 84190 but goes deeper. A class barrel that certainly justifies the high price. Definitely an extremely tasty kitten!
    • Nose
      90 90
      A lot of spicy vanilla, after a few doughy aromas have cleared, as well as almost benevolent funky nectar notes. Such a trace of soot cannot be denied in this residual wax soup.
      Lemon oil comes around the corner with a drop of cutter diesel. Yep, Brora, check. Or Springbank, check.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, the wax residues actually melt in your mouth like a creamy-fruity candy, which then gradually releases delicious honey aromas, elderflower syrup and fully ripe pineapple-papaya taste - extremely delicious. That's a darned achievement for only 19 years!
      And with 1-2.5 drops of water, everything is even more flattering, and the Sutherland lemon rocks the sweet to sweet-sour-sweet. The icing on the cake is a pinch of salted almond chocolate on top - mnjam!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Harmonious, there are a few tannins, but hardly any acidity, the whole thing scores with a pleasant dryness that tango with the fruity sweetness of the palate.

  7. sphinx scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. SebasDB scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Phew, difficult dram! Despite the 'lower' percentage, the alcohol is hard in the nose. Lots of musty old newspapers in the taste... Doesn't come loose with time either. Too bad because the specifications are of course very promising!!

  9. mjts93 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I'm surprised by the number of positive reviews as I found this to be a really challenging whisky.
    Heaps of cardboard and expired fish which in small amounts isn't unseen in early 2000's Clynelish but this was extreme

    Mind you I also wonder if I had a problematic cork that affected the whisky (as the taste is what you would expect if a cork were to dissolve and affect the whisky). A similar note was found in an old rhosdhu I had which had leaked when I got it, with the cork completely spoiled. What makes it difficult is both Old Rhosdhu and early 2000s Clynelish have these kinds of notes anyway so the only way to tell would be to try 2 multiple bottles of the same whisky
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very nice whisky, a lot of sweet and fruity notes, quite powerful. Especially the body is very versatile with a variety of flavors.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Full nose, fruits, ripe fruits, citrus, oily, waxy. Milk chocolate, nutty, caramel, fudge.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Pretty some power, sparkling, fruity, peach. Creamy, chocolta, nutty. Waxy again, some orange and bitter notes, orange zest. A bit drying, and sugar sweetness. Later on more mineral and earthy.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Still quite full, bitter fruitiness, grapefruit, orange zest. Some alcohol. Some sugar sweetness, pickering alcohol, quite long. Some cigar tobacco enters now.


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